Chateau Simone, an Aglianico and so on… the theme was clearly famous reds from warm climates, based on mostly the Mediterranean. Carignan from Sardinia was a natural choice to be included in the lineup, and this one, the top wine from Santadi did not disappoint.
A Bordeaux-inspired wine, unmistakably oak aged, yet quite savoury, focusing on structure. Linear for a Carignan, medium-bodied rather than full, yet that licorice, black olives and aniseeds driven nose oozes ripeness, almost scorched earth warmth. A dark, powerful wine, yet it’s restrained in a way, more akin to an Aglianico than to a Priorat or Languedoc Carignan.
Rating: a great wine, 90 points. In it’s class: 7/10.
Stockist: Italvinus, current vintage is the 2015 (and it’s more expensive).